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BIGGER VISION OF ATHENS INC

Helping Those Experiencing Homelessness

aka Bigger Vision   |   Athens, GA   |  www.bvoa.org

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Mission

To provide help to those in the Athens, Georgia, area who are experiencing homelessness, to keep them safe and comfortable, to help them achieve self-sufficiency, to assist them in achieving their goals, and to advocate for their best interests on an individual and collective basis.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ryan Hersh

Main address

P.O. Box 8022

Athens, GA 30603 USA

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EIN

20-8189437

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Shelter Program

The Emergency Shelter program assists those experiencing homelessness by providing shelter on a day-by-day basis for 35 guests each night. When the shelter opens at 6:00 PM, our guests receive a comfortable bed and bedding, a hot meal provided by volunteers in the community, access to showers and laundry machines, clothing, hygiene necessities, and the opportunity to relax, play games, and socialize with other guests and volunteers. Guests also have the opportunity to receive information on our other programs or community resources. In the morning, guests will receive a continental breakfast before leaving for the day.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

The Abundant Life Program provides five accepted applicants with continuous shelter and case management as they work towards securing their own housing. Participants receive three to six months of guaranteed shelter, including meals, clothing, basic necessities, showers, and access to laundry facilities. Every week, the participant will meet with qualified staff members to manage their budget, discuss their progress, and address any concerns. After saving up sufficient funds, learning important personal finance skills, stabilizing their mental and physical health, and securing housing, participants graduate from the program and move into housing. Bigger Vision continues providing three months of follow-up case management to help the graduate improve their stability and more smoothly transition back into being fully self sufficient.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Homeless people

Related Program

Emergency Shelter Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Shelter Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The number of unique individuals who stayed in the Emergency Shelter Program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bigger Vision of Athens envisions an Athens in which every person has a clean and safe place to live, where they can maximize their health and self-sufficiency, live a life of their own choosing, and find purpose and fulfillment in life. To work towards this vision, we have three main goals.

1) Provide emergency shelter and relief to people experiencing homelessness to meet their immediate needs and connect them to the resources they need to get back on the path to stable housing. We strive to serve as many people as possible without compromising the safety and comfort of the shelter.

2) Empower and support people experiencing homelessness who are working to get their own housing through our Abundant Life transitional housing program. We are working to increase the benefits and capacity of this program.

3) Collaborate with other service organizations and the broader Athens community to develop new and innovative solutions to the homelessness crisis and adapt to our community's evolving needs.

1) Provide immediate relief to people experiencing homelessness by providing safe shelter, food, water, clothing, and other basic necessities at no cost.

2) Collaborate with local medical schools, the Department of Public Health, and other organizations to improve access to free or affordable healthcare.

3) Develop a knowledge base of community resources to connect people experiencing homelessness with the services they need to fulfill their basic needs and get back into self-sustainable housing

4) Empower people experiencing homelessness to meet their goals and secure their own housing through our Abundant Life transitional housing program and partner programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BIGGER VISION OF ATHENS INC

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Debra Hess

Debra Hess

Kory Verdonck

Vicky Lester

Grace Hook

Kevin DeCastro

Pete McGill

Clay Evans

Leslie Sitz

Zander Mason

Jane Lang

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/04/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.